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Windows 8 – Keyboard Shortcut

The Windows logo key  also known as the Windows key, the home key, the meta key, the start key, MOD4, or the flag key is a keyboard key which was originally introduced on the Microsoft Natural keyboard before the release of Windows 95. This key became a standard key on PC keyboards.

Main Keyboard Shortcut to remember for Windows 8

  •  : Toggle between Tile screen and the last accessed application
  • + C: Access the charms bar
  • + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
  • + I: Access the Settings charm
  • + K: Access the Devices charm
  • + Q: Access the Apps Search screen
  • + F: Access the Files Search screen
  • + W: Access the Settings Search screen
  • + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu
  • + E: Open Computer
  • Alt + F4 : Close the active program/Screen

Other Keyboard Short Cuts

  • + O: Lock screen orientation
  • + H: Access the Share charm
  • + P: Access the Second Screen bar
  • + . : Move the screen split to the right
  • + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications
  • + PrtScrn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot
  • + Enter: Launch Narrator
  • + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running
  • + R: Open the Run dialog box
  • + U: Open Ease of Access Center
  • + 1..10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • + B: Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item
  • + T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
  • + M: Minimize all windows
  • + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
  • + L: Lock computer
  • + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
  • + Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
  • + Home: Minimize all but the current window
  • + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
  • + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
  • + Shift + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
  • + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left
  • + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows
  • + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
  • + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next
  • + Shift + 1..10: Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • + Ctrl + B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
  • + Ctrl + 1..10: Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • + Ctrl + F: Open Find Computers dialog box
  • + Alt + 1..10: Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • + F1: Launch Windows Help and Support
  • + Pause/Break: Open the System page
  • PageUp: Scroll forward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
  • PageDown: Scroll backward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
  • Esc: Close  a charm
  • Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
  • Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Modern Desktop screen
  • Ctrl + A: Select all items
  • Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item
  • Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item
  • Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item
  • Ctrl + D: Delete selected item
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo an action
  • Ctrl + N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer
  • Ctrl + W: Close current window in Windows Explorer
  • Ctrl + E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager
  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Access the Windows Security screen
  • Ctrl + Click: Select multiple individual items
  • Ctrl + Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
  • Ctrl + Tab:  Move forward through tabs
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move backward through tabs
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
  • Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
  • Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar
  • Alt + D: Select the Address Bar
  • Alt + P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
  • Alt + Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
  • Alt + Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through open windows
  • Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
  • Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
  • Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
  • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
  • Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
  • Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
  • Alt + Left Arrow: Display the previous folder
  • Alt + Right Arrow: Display the next folder
  • Shift + Insert: CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Auto play or Auto run
  • Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the selected item without sending it onto Recycle Bin
  • Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
  • Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
  • Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
  • Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
  • Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
  • Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item
  • F1: Display Help
  • F2: Rename a file
  • F3: Open Search
  • F4: Display the Address Bar list
  • F5: Refresh display
  • F6: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
  • F7: Display command history in a Command Prompt
  • F10: Display hidden Menu Bar
  • F11: Toggle full screen display

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September 4, 2012 - Posted by | Microsoft, Software, Windows 8 | , ,

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